Latkes and Lights - IJC Hanukkah Party

With the great generosity of members Lisa and Joris, the IJC community once again held its Hanukkah party in their beautiful and spacious home. Joris was hard at work hours before the event making latkes for what turned out to be a record number – more than 60!

Regular IJC members and many new faces attended, ranging from grand-parents to new born babies. Rabbinical intern Brian Doyle led the Havdalah and children passed around spice boxes. Brian then moved to singing the Hanukkah blessings while the kids lit the many Menorahs brought to the event. The kids sang Maoz Tzur, Oh Hanukkah and of course I have a little Dreidel. There were games and an arts & crafts table to keep them busy too.

This was topped off with the consumption of mountains of latkes and a huge array of desserts.

As Hannukah is also a time to think about the well-being of others, many people brought non-perishable food items for Navitas – a soup kitchen located in downtown Brussels.

All in all, an incredibly warm, friendly event where it was clear people enjoyed coming together to share in the joy of the Hanukkah spirit. Just as it should be.